By Keith Stuart
If you’ve never touched a video game controller in your life, but do have avid players in your household, you may be in for a bewildering month.
That’s because we’re on the verge of what the gaming industry excitedly calls ‘a new console generation’. In short, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, once the most powerful games machines on the planet are being replaced – the former by the Xbox One, the latter by the PlayStation 4.
No, I don’t know why they called it the Xbox One either, but as a lot of people still refer to the original Xbox (launched waaaay back in 2001) as Xbox one, it’s going to lead to some hilarious Christmas list misunderstandings.
Anyway, both of the new consoles are arriving in November, and members of your family may already be nagging you for one. So what are these things and what makes them different from each other, and from the consoles that you can still buy in the shops for a third of the price?
Here’s a quick guide designed especially for uninterested parents and partners, hopefully avoiding all the usual jargon and assumed knowledge. Good luck out there predecessors
Okay, all you really need to know here is that both the PS4 and the Xbox One represent a significant leap over their predecessors.
Some people in the industry are suggesting that the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are around eight times more powerful than the current Xbox 360 and PS3 machines. Does this mean that games will look eight times better? Probably not – tech specs don’t work like that.
But game visuals will look noticeably more detailed, and you’ll see lots of lovely lighting effects and intricate character animations, which add to the “realism” of game worlds. I’ve put realism in quote marks there because we’re still a long way from “photo-realism”. However, I think the big blockbuster Xbox One and PS4 games will have moments where you’ll think you’re watching TV, or at least a pretty good animated movie.
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